Importation, Import to Portugal

How to Import to Portugal – Guidelines

Export of and Import to Portugal, can be the only ways for a company to have a reliable economic model in one market as limited as the Portuguese.

Nowadays, if you want to have a company economically sustainable, especially in a limited market as the Portuguese, frontiers can and should be, just geographic references, not having vital importance in where businesses take place. It is in this context that products Importation and Exportation – intra-community acquisition of goods, when within European Union – rise.

Import to Portugal in a safety way, is not too complex. That doesn’t mean that it does not have any risks. It is important to identify those risks, be ready and mitigate them. You have to pay attention to some processes so everything go without unpleasant surprises.

In this article, Green Ibérica intends to approach the theme “How to Import to Portugal” and give a few tips to help you with this process.

 

Planning

First of all, planning is crucial. As Portuguese, we have the art of “desenrascar” crusted in our identities. Maybe you should keep that cultural quality for other fields, though. You’ll have to develop a good business plan so you can know/define the strategic way to follow. Research, study, devote resources and describe in detail all the actions you’ll have to take.

 

Make Sure You Are Legally Able to Import to Portugal

After you plan and know exactly the way to go, make sure your company have every legal requirements needed in this kind of transactions. Make sure the “NIPC” of the company have the importation and exportation activity in the corporate object.

 

Select Your Importation Suppliers

To make sure that you can rely on your potential suppliers to import to Portugal, you should attend to fairs, conferences, congresses, etc., that they can be at.  Beyond that, personal contact with the company, with their representatives and with their products and services can help you deciding if that is what you need. Look for references. Try to know more about their clients. If possible, try to reach them and hear their experience.

There are several websites that can help you researching for the best places to go. n’Feiras and 10times are just two examples, there are much more, you just have to look in the area you want to.

 

Go to the Supplier Factory

There are no better way to know your suppliers and their products, than go and see them in loco. If you have that opportunity check all the manufacturing process. Including machinery conditions, certificates, safety norms and anything that can certify the integrity of your supplier.

 

Built an Expenses Sheet

Is not easy to get immediately how much you will pay. The product price is just one of the costs you will have. To be aware of taxes, charges, insurances and other amounts of the import to Portugal transaction, will help you determine its feasibility.

So, before you close a deal, be aware all the potential costs, which can include:

  • International Shipping;
  • International Shipping insurance;
  • Importation Taxes;
  • Customs Fees;
  • VAT;
  • Bank Expenses;
  • Port Charges;
  • Storage Charges;
  • Customs Broker;
  • Internal Shipping…

 

Negotiate Incoterms

By the time of the negotiation it is possible your supplier offers you three intercoms[1]  for the cargo shipping:

  • FOB (Free On Board or FCA – Free CArrier, for air cargo) – cover the shipping costs, from the place of receipt to the Port of Loading.

  • CFR (Cost and FReight) – the seller its responsible for the sea shipping.

  • DAP (Delivery At Place) – The seller is the responsible for all the costs of the shipping, since the place of receipt to the place of delivery.

To choose the best incoterm will depend on the knowledge and the contacts you have, mostly in the origin place of the goods you acquire.

 

Documents Needed to Import to Portugal

After boarding, the exporter send several documents that will allow the importer to release the cargo in the customs. Be aware on the details in the documents. Little inaccuracies can drive to major problems, which ultimately can lead to the apprehension of the goods. If you don’t have the knowledge, looking for an experienced partner can be important.

There are global laws, and so documentation, which are mandatory all over the world. Besides that, there are local laws and local legislation that should be studied, so you avoid unpleasant surprises.

Some of the most important documents to importation:

  • Bill of Lading (B/L) – Is the most important document in the sea shipping. It is issued by the containerized shipping company (or by a transport agent, as Green Ibérica) to be informed about a cargo shipping. B/L has three main purposes: is the shipping contract between the shipper and the containerized shipping company; is the delivery receipt of the cargo; and is possession title of the goods, which usually can be negotiated/transferred.

  • AirWay Bill – Such as B/L in sea shipping, AirWay Bill is the most important document in air cargo transport. In contrast to B/L, it can’t be negotiable. The main functions of AirWay Bill are: transport contract; receipt proof of the goods; freight bill; insurance certificate; customs declaration…

  • Commercial Invoice – Emitted by the supplier, the commercial invoice have the data of the company and of the cargo. In many countries is used to determine the value of the goods that will determine the customs fee.

  • Packing List – It’s a supplementary document to the commercial invoice, which intent is to describe the content of the shipment. Identify volumes, dimensions, weights, references, etc., of each package. In short, Packing List covers transported boxes and/or packages. Commercial invoice covers every item commercialized.

  • Origin Certificate – As its name, this document certificate the origin of the goods. There are several Origin Certificates, the most usual is the Form A. This form also allows to have access to tax benefits of some goods.

  • Insurance Certificate – It’s a way to assure consignees that possible losses and/or damages occurred in the goods during the shipping, are covered.

 

 

Conclusion

We’ve had discussed some tips that can be useful if you are thinking about internationalize your business. Export of and Import to Portugal, and so internationalization, can be the only way for you to manage a dynamic and secure company. Even so, maybe you shouldn’t take the deep plunge. Work your way paying attention to the market´ response. Don’t forget, the most important is for you to surround yourself of people/companies secure and experienced in the field. Gather as many information as you can.

Work hard, be confident and believe. Your resilience will be awarded!

 

Green Ibérica

 

 

[1] Incoterms are the international terms used in commerce, which determine duties and obligations of both importers and exporters. Know more about Incoterms in the website of ICC – International Chamber of Commerce. ­­­
Fight Against Counterfeit Goods - Green Ibérica

Brands and Maritime Operators Join to Fight Counterfeit Goods in Maritime Supply Chain

In order to reduce the volume of commerce of counterfeit goods, major global brands joined maritime companies. Together they have developed a document with a set of best practices for the maritime industry.

 

Fight Against Counterfeit Goods

Container Vessel - Green Ibérica

Counterfeit goods have been growing, which took to significant losses to world business and economy. This put creativity and innovation at stake, harming recognition and quality of brands and jeopardize health and security of the consumer.

In this context, ICC – International Chamber of Commerce, introduced BASCAP – Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy, in 2015. The primary goal of BASCAP is to connect and mobilize business in different industries, sectors and countries in the fight against counterfeit goods and piracy. This platform intent to take the problems in these companies to governments, to population and to media. With more exposition became possible to increase awareness about the existence of this activities and the economic and social challenges they bring.

 

BASCAP Results

Joining Brand Owners, Vessel Operators and Freight Forwarders, allowed BASCAP and all the other parties, to develop and sign a Declaration of Intentions, in 2016, capable of give the first steps to prevent the transportation of those illegal products. Since then, they have been working together to attack the counterfeit goods when they still are in the supply chain.

 

“Know Your Customer, Due Diligence and Maritime Supply Chain Integrity”

It was that join effort that allowed to develop the document “Know Your Customer, Due Diligence and Maritime Supply Chain Integrity”. Here you can find the best practices to take by the maritime industry, which may lead to a reduction of the transportation of those products by sea. This agreement have a control list which verifies clients and the supply chains in the industry.

The first version of this document was launched in March. This second document expands to cover due diligence recommendations for existing customers, as well as further voluntary measure for both brands and maritime operators to improve the integrity of their relationships throughout the maritime supply chain.

The document was launched in September 26, in the conference “International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime” in Dubai, co-hosted by INTERPOL and Dubai Police.

You can find the document HERE.

EVERGREEN Completes Its 50th Anniversary

Evergreen completes 50 years! The month of its half-century celebration it’s the right time for a retrospective, to see where it came, what has accomplished and what has learned.

 

Evergreen – 50 Years of History

Evergreen was born of the sea. Braving winds and waves, we sail at the forefront of the global stage.

Evergreen Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Y. F. Chang established Evergreen Marine Corp. in 1968. After 50 years, we have overcome challenges and continue to steer a steady course to a future of infinite possibilities.

“I just love the sea. I can’t bear to give up my work in the maritime industry. To pursue a career, you need to set a target and devote yourself to achieve that goal. If you fail, try again. Failure is the mother of success, just keep on trying.

When I first started the company I didn’t aspire to become a shipping magnate, vessels of 500 tons would be enough to meet our demand, rather than anything bigger. Back then, it was hard to imagine the scale of our operation today.”

Dr. Y. F. Chang

 

In 1968, Dr. Chang started the company with just one used general cargo ship. Despite adversities and fierce competition his leadership encouraged employees to remain positive and overcome obstacles along the way.

“At that beginning we were based in a four-story building on Chang-an East Road. My apartment was on the fourth floor and the offices were on the first and second floors. We were a small company with a few bulk vessels.

You should all still remember the fire that occurred on Ever Island in Keelung. That was a very, very tough time. At that time, we asked Marubeni Corporation for support to build five new general cargo ships. I planned on building container ships. Marubeni’s business department head asked me why would Evergreen want to venture into container shipping, do you have the ability to do so, and to that I replied – Yes, definitely!”

Dr. Y. F. Chang

 

Historical Milestones

1969 – Launched Taiwan’s first Far East-Arabian-Persian Gulf regular liner service.

1972 – Inaugurated Taiwan’s first Far East-Caribbean linear Service. Guided by Dr. Chang’s exceptional vision Evergreen embraced fully-containerized transportation.

1975 – Launched Taiwan’s first Far East-US East Coast container route becoming the first shipping company in Taiwan to offer containerized service.

1979 – Inaugurated Taiwan’s first Far East-Europe full container service breaking the century-old monopoly held by the Far Eastern Freight Conference.

1983 – Built the Far East’s largest inland container terminal.

1984 – Inaugurated round-the-world eastbound and westbound full container services marking an unprecedented milestone in the shipping industry.

1985 – Became the world’s largest container shipping company. All across the world we keep up our pace of development going forward we are committed to creating more possibilities for the global transportation industry.

 

We Are Still Growing

For 50 years, with an iron will, we have ventured far and wide across the seas, on land and in the skies to make Evergreen what it is today.

As a leading brand in the global shipping industry, Evergreen has attained many significant milestones and gained international recognition. We now operate a fleet of more than 200 container ships and serve all five continents. With more than 300 locations around the world we are growing steadily and continuously innovating.

Our operating strategy is comprehensive and flexible, and we upgrade e-commerce capabilities providing high-quality and efficient shipping services to all customers. In the pursuit of greater operational efficiency, we remain true to our corporate philosophy of generating profit, caring for employees and giving back to society.

We use the most advanced shipping technologies to promote sustainable coexistence between people and the environment and to protect the earth.

Evergreen´s success today is the result of the concerted efforts of our entire team as well as the support and encouragement of all our customers and partners. From our beginnings in shipping the Evergreen’ spirit of challenge, innovation and teamwork has led us to diversify into a network of affiliated companies with mutual ties all growing and thriving together.

We strive to be a positive influence for every level of society and share our achievements to produce solid returns for all. We firmly believe that success is built on respect, integrity, sharing and mutual prosperity. Through 50 years of endurance, Evergreen flourishes from its roots in the sea. We continue our pursuit of service excellence and explore more possibilities for the future.

We thank every one of our colleagues and partners who have worked alongside us over the past 50 years. Your support motivates us to stay true to that original aspiration, to brave the wind and waves, and forge ahead.

We will uphold the concept of sustainable development and carry on with a steady and pragmatic approach to continuously upgrade, surpass and expand our comprehensive transportation services while pursuing the grand vision that leads us to navigate our way to every corner of the world.

At Evergreen we are proudly dedicated to making life better for everyone whether at sea, on land or in the sky, our goal is to enrich people’s lives and to work hand-in-hand to create a better future.

Evergreen at 50.

Full Steam Ahead!

 

 

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Evergreen Reinforce Its Fleet With 38 New Ships

Evergreen has announced its plans to increase its fleet with 38 new ships mid-sized. The new vessels will be supplied under long-term charter contracts.

Regarding the capacity of the new fleet members, 14 will have about 2.500 TEU as the other 24 will take about 1.800 TEU. The containerships are to be split equally between two subsidiaries of Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC): Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) and the Panama-registered Greencompass Marine S.A.

These 38 new vessels in the carrier’s pipeline join the 36 previously ordered, and boost Evergreen’s orderbook to 74 ships, totaling 502.000 TEU (43.8% of our existing fleet), the largest orderbook of all carriers.

 

Before Ordered Containerships

As afore mentioned, 36 containerships, from previous orders, are yet to be delivered. Of those, 20 will have about 11.850 TEU capacity, 8 will have about 2.900 TEU and the last 8 will have about 21.000 TEU.

Of the twenty 11.850 TEU’ containerships, 8 will be acquired to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) as the other 12 will be charter to Shoei Kisen Kaisha (as we previously announced).

The eight 2.900 TEU’ “B-Class” vessels are part of an order of 20, of which 12 has already been delivered.

Last but not least, the other eight 21.000 TEU’ ULCV are not to be forgotten. These Ultra-Large Container Vessels, equipped with “G-Type” motors, will join the other 3 already integrated in the fleet. They are to be delivered until September 2019.

 

New Ships’ Main Advantages

Beyond increase and renew Evergreen’s fleet, these new ships are a major step towards, concerning environmental protection measurements, and so in line with Evergreen’s identity. With this we intend to serve the best service to our clients, never neglecting our social responsibility, thru a path of development allied to sustainability.

 

New LATAM Cargo Flight To South America

Green Ibérica is delighted to announce our new flight to South America, in result of the partnership with our represented LATAM Cargo.

Taking off next 3 September, this new flight will be operated by a B767 aircraft, making the route LIS > GRU.

 

LATAM Cargo Flight Schedule

 

About LATAM Cargo

LATAM Cargo is an air company that stands out for its up-to-date fleet, one of the newest in the world. Its fleet have 311 aircrafts, and the highlights are on the highly technological Airbus 350 and Boing 787. LATAM is the only company in the South American skies equipped with both models.

Result of the fusion between LAN Cargo and TAM Cargo, LATAM is responsible for many flights between Iberian Peninsula and South America, namely countries like Brazil (GRU and VCP), Peru (LIM), Ecuador (UIO and GYE) and Chile (SCL), among several others. Besides international flights, the company also makes available several internal flights.

 

Naturally besides the new route presented, we have available many others. You can know more about those routes, as about the other companies we work with, HERE.

To know more, get in touch with us.

Right on Time. airBaltic is Green Ibérica’s New Represented Airline

Green Ibérica is happy to announce airBaltic as our new represented, in the skies to deliver your goods.

airBaltic is an European airline taking the best practices of the best network airlines. Their main priorities are safety, punctuality and service quality. Of these we have to highlight punctuality once the company have won the prize World’s most punctual airline in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

airBaltic the most punctual airline

airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock.

The airline serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

 

airBaltic Cargo Services

airBaltic offers a cargo shipment service. To do so, the airline have a fleet composed by the following aircraft:

This fleet allows to transport, for instance, European pallets and American pallets, with as much as 84cm height and 300kg volume.

DG cargo and temperature controlled shipments are accepted.

If you want to transport animals, this company can also be the right solution. airBaltic is an EU-authorised animal carrier (transporter authorisation no. 067731) making this kind of transportation with all safety and comfort.

Due to the flight schedule we can assure fast connections within the airline network, with common transit times of less than 24h.

 

If you have cargo with weight or dimensions above the afore-mentioned, or if you want to transport animals in a safe way, get in touch with Green Ibérica. We will inform you of all the documentation and requirements needed.

You can also meet the other companies we work with.

 

Evergreen’ New ULCV Are Already Arriving

Evergreen is reinforcing its fleet and two of eleven ULCV (Ultra Large Container Vessel) were already delivered.

We want to always have the most advanced shipbuilding technologies and so we aimed to the new generation of ultra-large containerships. The first to arrive was the Ever Golden, followed by Ever Goods.

New ULCV Characteristics

The ship measurements are about 400 meters in length and about 59 meters wide. The ship design incorporates optimized hull profiles and minimum ballast water requirements to maximize cargo carrying capability. The vessels are designed to have lager depth to strengthen hull structure and navigation safety.

 

Role New ULCV Play in the Evergreen’ Environmental Compromises

EVER GOLDEN ULCV Vessel - Rilland-Bath
EVER GOLDEN Vessel

In line with the stringent eco-friendly criteria that Evergreen has imposed on its own operation, the ships are equipped with various environmental protection devices and fully comply with the regulations of international maritime agencies. Ship-to-shore real time data transmission system is introduced to enable operation concerned departments on land to monitor navigation statistics and weather condition, analyze the data and take in time action for speed optimization and route planning at sea. The capabilities can lower fuel consumption and enhance navigation safety. The ship’s new generation G-type main engine is developed with a longer stroke to operate at lower speeds with capability to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The program will rejuvenate the fleet thereby enhancing the quality of service also we, Green Ibérica, offer to our customers. This will reinforce the line’s competitiveness in the marketplace as get a lot more ecological with all the green technology support the vessels are equipped with.

Evergreen Orders Twenty 11,000 TEU Containerships

Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) entered into an agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) last February to order eight 11,000 TEU containerships. Four ships will be owned by EMC’s subsidiary, Greencompass Marine S.A. and a further four by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. Furthermore EMC entered into an agreement with Shoei Kisen Kaisha to charter twelve 11,000 TEU class containerships. The two subsidiaries of EMC will each charter six vessels. All twenty ships will be newbuildings and are due to be delivered from the third quarter of 2020 through to the last quarter of 2021.

Evergreen Marine Corp. emphasizes that the aim of this newbuilding program is to meet future market demand and to continue with its ongoing fleet renewal.

 

Dimensions and Key Benefits of the New Containerships

The ship dimensions are about 333.9 meters in length, 48.4 meters wide, able to carry 11,850 TEU with a deadweight of 127,000 metric tons at a scantling draft of 15.5 meters. The vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal.

The ship’s length over all is shorter than those of ultra-large containerships currently plying the Asia – Europe trade, making it easier to manoeuver the ships during berthing or departure and bringing greater flexibility in fleet deployment.

In addition, the ships are specially designed to enable the loading of 40 foot containers on top of two 20 foot units; also known as “Russian stowage” or “mixed stowage”.  Such arrangement can not only increase the vessel’s loading flexibility but also maximize cargo-carrying capability.

 

Evergreen’s Fleet

Evergreen Line’s current operating fleet incorporates around 200 containerships with a total capacity above 1.1 million TEU.  To further enhance service quality and competitiveness, the carrier is continuing its fleet renewal program.  With the delivery of these newbuildings, Evergreen will redeliver older tonnage upon expiry of their charter agreements. In this way, the efficiency of its operating fleet will be optimized and the competitiveness of its services enhanced.

In line with the stringent eco-friendly criteria that Evergreen has imposed on its own operation, the ships are equipped with various environmental protection devices, including a ballast water treatment system and alternative maritime power to fully comply with the regulations of international maritime agencies and authorities concerned.

 

With this fleet upgrade, Green Ibérica can offer to its clients in Portugal, a better service with direct routes between Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which can represent a lower delivery time to that side of the planet. Besides that we also make a step toward our identity standards of being an Eco-friendly company.

Applauses to Green Ibérica – Empresa Aplauso 2018

Green Ibérica was distinguish with the prize Empresa Aplauso 2018.

This prize is given by Millennium BCP and aims to distinguish the economic performance, innovation capacity and financial soundness of Portuguese companies.

To be Empresa Aplauso 2018 will allow Green Ibérica to have access to several support services, several benefits in solutions and products, which will allow us to have a better management of our daily strategy. This prize also opens us the perspective to increase investment.

If you want to have as partner in the transportation of your goods a company recognized as solid and valuable, get in touch with us.

Evergreen Strengthens Asia – East Africa Service

In order to meet increasing and diverse market demands, Evergreen Line, Group of which Green Ibérica it’s part of, has announced enhancements to its current Asia – East Africa service (AEF) – adding to its direct calls in Central & Southern China.

Five vessels are currently deployed on the AEF service – three operated by Evergreen Line, the remaining two by COSCO and X-Press Feeders. To accommodate the extended service to China, Evergreen Line and COSCO will each provide one more vessel.

In addition to the current AEF calls in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Kenya, the extended weekly service will provide a direct connection between three Chinese ports and Kenya. The jointly operated service will commence with a sailing from Shanghai on July 5th, 2018 and have the following port rotation:

Shanghai > Ningbo > Shekou > Singapore > Tanjung Pelepas > Port Klang (West Port) > Colombo > Mombasa > Colombo > Port Klang (West Port) > Tanjung Pelepas > Singapore > Shanghai

 

East Africa’s New Economic Reality

The economic development of the East African region in recent years has been one of consistent growth.  As a major trading partner, Chinese investment plays an important role in this growth and in particular has lead infrastructure construction, a significant driver of increased import cargoes to the area. The AEF service extension therefore is an appropriate reaction to customer demands within the China – East Africa trade.

With the advent of peak season in July, this upgraded AEF service will certainly be a great assistance for shippers on this trade lane.

Portugal will have great benefits with this new service, once Colombo is where transshipment is undertaken, representing an important Evergreen’s hub in the region.

If you have any doubt, please get in touch with us.